Ohio State let 4-star recruit and Columbus native Demetrius Knox slip through its fingers once, and the Buckeyes did not plan on doing it again.
Three months after decommiting from Texas, the massive offensive line prospect made a verbal (and digital) commitment to return home and join Urban Meyer next fall:
The Buckeyes received their fourth offensive line pledge in the Class of 2014 with the oral commitment of Texas four-star lineman Demetrius Knox on Sunday night. The Buckeyes landed just two offensive linemen in the Class of 2013 and one of them, Tim Gardner, has already been dismissed from the team for at least this season.
Knox, who stands at 6'4'', 287 pounds, is the No. 6 guard and No. 103 prospect on 247Sports' composite rankings. Though born in Columbus, he plays his high school ball in Fort Worth, Texas, ostensibly one of the major reasons he committed to the Longhorns in the first place.
Despite competition from schools like UCLA and TCU, Bleacher Report recruiting guru Andrew Kulha predicted Knox would choose Ohio State in April, right after his decommitment from Texas.
Knox's crystal ball predictions, courtesy of 247Sports, were split down to the very end (finishing with OSU at 50 percent, UCLA at 32 percent and TCU at 18 percent) so this move was at no point a sure thing for the Buckeyes. But now he has a chance to return to Columbus and play the role of the prodigal son.
Knox's commitment is a momentous get for Ohio State. He is the 15th prospect in the Buckeyes' 2013 class and the 10th with 4-plus stars on 247Sports' composite. He is also the fourth offensive lineman pledged to Columbus, joining No. 4 tackle Jamarco Jones, No. 16 guard Marcelys Jones and No. 16 tackle Kyle Trout.
After bringing in such a thin class of linemen in 2013, that early haul is precisely what Meyer and Co. needed to ensure depth at the position. The addition of Knox only makes their job more impressive.